This news is for those who built their houses on their own whims and fancies. If you installed a washbasin where it was not meant to be or constructed a new wall to get another room, the MCD will hunt you and slap a fine. The civic agency has decided to survey all properties in the city including posh approved colonies to find out if any unauthorised construction has been carried out. Property owners who, after getting their building plan sanctioned, made certain deviations to the original plan by constructing an additional partition wall, a new wash basin, extended their balconies, etc., will be fined. The civic agency is hoping to earn R25 crore through this exercise. "There are thousands of property owners who had got their building plans sanctioned many years back and have made many changes to their houses. Rather than demolishing those structures, we want them to get it regularised by paying a fine. A survey to ascertain the deviations made in those properties will be carried out this year," said Mr Yogender Chandolia, chairman of MCD's Standing Committee. Officials of MCD said the fine can range between R5,000 to R1 lakh, depending on the deviations.
21 Jan 2011 Hindustan Times